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New Research Reports Low Rate of Mechanical Failure In Optim Family Leads During Long-Term Evaluation

December 05, 2014

A new study evaluating Optim-insulated implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) leads found low rates of all-cause mechanical failure during a median follow-up of 3.2 years. The long-term prospective study, published in the December edition of HeartRhythm,the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society, is the first-of-its-kind to observe a large population of patients over a relatively long follow-up period. The study assessed Durata DF4, Durata DF1 and Riata ST Optim leads to determine the rates of all-cause mechanical failure and its subtypes, including conductor fracture, insulation abrasion and externalized conductors.

New Survey Uncovers Critical Need to Break Down Barriers and Improve Communication and Education about the Link between Atrial Fibrillation and Devastating Impact of Stroke

November 13, 2014

A new survey of more than 1,200 physicians, patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib) and their caregivers uncovered important information gaps regarding the impact of AFib-related stroke, including communication barriers, challenges with patient education, misperceptions about treatment compliance, and outcomes related to the impact of stroke on one’s life. The survey was issued by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and National Stroke Association in collaboration with Boehringer Ingelheim (BI), and the findings were presented today during a special session at the American Heart Association’s annual Scientific Sessions in Chicago.

Majority of Americans Don't Know That Having Atrial Fibrillation Means High Risk Of Stroke

October 13, 2014

Misconceptions about atrial fibrillation (AF) are common among people nationwide, according to a new survey by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS). More than half (56 percent) of Americans do not know that AF puts someone at a high risk of having a stroke. People are more likely to assume high risk related to other common factors like smoking, eating fried or fatty foods or drinking a lot of alcohol. HRS and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) call on Columbus residents to learn the truth about AF and encourage those who suffer from the disorder to talk to their doctors about their increased risk for stroke.

Almost All Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Procedures Are Performed On Insured Patients With The Majority Being Male

May 09, 2014

A study presented today at Heart Rhythm 2014, the Heart Rhythm Society’s 35th Annual Scientific Sessions, reports significant gender and health insurance disparities in implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) procedures. For the first time in nearly a decade, the new analysis of ICD implants in the United States shows a majority of implants are performed on people with insurance and more commonly in the male population.

New Expert Consensus Statement Attempts To Close The Gap On Guidance For Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Therapy By Addressing Specific Patient Populations

May 09, 2014

The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association (AHA) released Expert Consensus Statement on the Use of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Therapy in Patients Who Are Not Included or Not Well Represented in Clinical Trials today at Heart Rhythm 2014, the Heart Rhythm Society’s 35th Annual Scientific Sessions. The expert consensus statement provides first-of-its-kind guidance on ICD therapy for the management of patient populations who are not well represented in clinical trials and, as a result, not specifically included in existing guidelines. View the consensus statement.

Remote Monitoring Proven To Help Prolong Life in Patients With Pacemakers

May 08, 2014

For the first time, the relationship between remote monitoring and pacemaker patient survival outcomes is revealed in a study released today at Heart Rhythm 2014, the Heart Rhythm Society’s 35th Annual Scientific Sessions. The study shows that the utilization of remote monitoring can improve survival outcomes in patients with pacemakers. Furthermore, survival rates improved in patients with the highest engagement rates in remote monitoring, regardless of device type.

Defibrillator Testing At Time Of Cardiac Device Implantation Found To Be Safe, But Not Necessary

May 08, 2014

A first of its kind randomized trial has found that defibrillator testing (DT) at the time of implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implantation is safe, but does not improve clinical shock efficacy or  prevent death. The findings are part of the Shockless Implant Evaluation (SIMPLE) trial, which was designed to answer whether or not routine DT at time of implant actually improves patient outcomes. The results were released today at Heart Rhythm 2014, the Heart Rhythm Society’s 35th Annual Scientific Sessions.

Addition of Electrocardiogram (ECG) To Pre-Participation Screening Of Young Athletes Is Most Efficient At Finding Heart Abnormalties

May 07, 2014

A new study has found that adding an electrocardiogram (ECG) to existing pre-participation screening of high school athletes increases the likelihood of identifying disorders associated with sudden cardiac death. By using modern interpretation criteria, screenings resulted in fewer false-positive rates, which leads to more accurate detection. The new findings were presented today at Heart Rhythm 2014, the Heart Rhythm Society’s 35th Annual Scientific Sessions.

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